Sheet Music: Astley's Hornpipe

TitleAstley's Hornpipe
Alternate titlesAshley's Hornpipe
Bonnie Annie
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeD4–B5
Time signature4/4
Tempo152 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2020-01-04
Last updated2020-01-04
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Categories
Hornpipes, Traditional/Folk

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Saturday 4 January 2020

Tune of the Day: Astley's Hornpipe

Traditional English tune

This very popular hornpipe is found in a large number of English printed and manuscript collections. The earliest appearance seems to be in the 5th volume of Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Fashionable Country Dances, published in 1788.

The title probably refers to Sergeant-Major Philip Astley, credited with creating the first circus in London in the second half of the 18th century and regarded by many as the “father of the modern circus”.